Technology

A Year With the Volt

It’s hard to believe that it was a year ago when we added a Chevy Volt to our garage. A key factor in that decision was that we were generating excess electricity from the 41 solar panels we put on…

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Warning issued over Windows XP bug

Windows XP was released in 2001 but is still widely used Microsoft has issued a warning about a bug in older version of Windows that could let attackers take over a computer. The vulnerability in Windows XP and Server 2003…

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Google in breach of Dutch data laws

“Google spins an invisible web of our personal data,” said the DPA chairman. Google breached Dutch data protection laws by combining data on users of its different services, said the Netherlands’ privacy watchdog. The decision came after a seven-month investigation…

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Bitcoin theft closes drug website

The FBI’s closure of the Silk Road has led to problems for other users of the dark net Dark net market Sheep Marketplace has shut down after $5.3m (£3.3m) in bitcoins was stolen from the site. The site shut down…

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France orders search engine blocks

Certain sites that stream copyrighted content will be blocked A court in France has ordered Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to block 16 video-streaming sites from their search results. The case was brought by five groups representing film companies, distributors and…

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Toq extends smartwatch battery life

Qualcomm is making the Toq available only to US consumers Qualcomm has released a smartwatch that it says can last days between recharges despite the fact its touchscreen display is always on. The US company says the “limited edition” Toq…

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China’s Huawei to roll out 4G service in Ethiopian capital

(Reuters) – Ethiopia’s state-run Ethio Telecom said on Thursday it had picked Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s second largest telecom equipment maker, to roll out a high-speed 4G network across the capital Addis Ababa. The introduction of the service…

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Dutch privacy watchdog says Google breaks data law

(Reuters) – Google’s practice of combining personal data from its many different online services violates Dutch data protection law, the country’s privacy watchdog said on Thursday after a seven-month investigation. The Dutch Data Protection Authority, or DPA, asked Google to…

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Amazon Germany says more worried about snow than strikes

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has no intention of bowing to pressure from striking workers in Germany, its second biggest market behind the United States, and is more worried about bad weather hurting Christmas deliveries, its country head said. “We are…

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U.S. online startup makes going solar as easy as booking travel

(Reuters) – In a first on Monday, an online marketplace will allow U.S. homeowners to weigh options for going solar as easily as they can compare prices for airline tickets. Geostellar, a startup backed by power producer NRG Energy Inc,…

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